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Political Prisoner Seymur Hazi's Final Statement
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TeliaSonera’s Behind-the-Scenes Connection to Azerbaijani President’s Daughters- by Khadija Ismayil
Ali Hasanov's Media Business: Journalist Investigation by Khadija Ismayilova
The Corleones of the Caspian - by Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy
Azerbaijani Police Fires Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas at Protesting Small Business Owners
AZAD Letter Supports the Removal of Heydar Aliyev Statue from Mexico City
What is to be Done With Pseudo-Democracies. Hikmat Hajizade's Presentation on January 25, 2012
EMDS Final Report on Azerbaijan's Parliamentary Elections on November 7, 2010
"Resource Nationalism Trends In Azerbaijan, 2004-2009," Research by Vugar Gojayev, March 2010
February 16, 2010 - NHC Report: "Nakhchivan: Azerbaijan's Dark Island"
"End of Term Limits. Monarchical Presidencies on the Rise," by Farid Guliyev, Harvard International Review, Feb. 28, 2009
"Imitation Democracies," by Dmitri Furman, New Left Review, Nov/Dec. Issue, 2008
Politics of Energy: Comparing Azerbaijan, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia - by Jos Boonstra, Edward
Burke and Richard Young, FRIDE, September 2008
Azeri Minister of Interior Helped Georgian Government To Suppress Opposition In November 2007
Azerbaijan's 2005 Parliamentary Elections: A Failed Attempt At Transition - by Valerie J. Bunce and Sharon L. Wolchik
Christopher Walker Attacked Azeri Dictatorship At Helsinki Commission
Praise to Dictator
US Lobbying Firm Accused of Accepting Bribes from Azeri Government to Discredit Opposition
90 Years Anniversary of First Muslim Democracy - Azerbaijan Democratic Republic
Last Words of Ganimat Zahid
December 13, 2016: The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on a visit to Azerbaijan. Today he met with the Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev discussing bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Israel. The Azerbaijani government has developed strong ties with the Israeli government. Azerbaijan supplies Israel with energy resrources and imports military and security equipment and technology from that country. The Azerbaijani government also notoriously uses the influence of the Jewish lobby in the United States to offset the human rights criticisms. For the past ten years Azerbaijani government has been steadily crushing the secular political opposition and civil society institutions in the country attemping to recreate a typical Middle Eastern tyranny in Azerbaijan. Tomorrow, December 14, Azerbaijani Embassy to the United States will cohost a Hannukah celebration at the Trump Hotel in Washington, DC, together with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
Tomorrow the Israeli PM will leave Baku to visit Kazakhstan (Azeri Report).
WASHINGTON. December 6, 2016 : The Azerbaijani embassy in Washington will co-host a holiday party at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s Washington hotel this month, news media reported on December 5. (RFE/RL)
The embassy will co-host the Hanukkah party “celebrating religious freedom and diversity” with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, a collection of national Jewish groups.
The Jewish organization said it chose the Trump hotel because of its desirable central location in the U.S. capital.
Some ethics experts say the paid use of Trump properties by foreign governments poses a conflict of interest, since it can be seen as a way to try to influence the new president.
BAKU. November 28, 2016 (RFE/RL) : :Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has arrived in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, for a two-day visit.
Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Yaqub Eyyubov and Deputy Foreign Minister Xalaf Xalafov met Lukashenka at the Baku airport on November 28.
Lukashenka's press service said earlier that the Belarusian president will hold talks with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, and Azerbaijani Prime Minister Artur Rasizade focusing on bilateral economic and trade ties.
According to the press service, several agreements were expected to be signed at the end of Lukashenka's visit. -0-
WASHINGTON. November 22, 2016 : U.S Ambassador James Warlick says he will step down on December 31 as co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group mediating talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh. (RFE/RL)
"I will be a partner in Russia's largest and most prestigious law firm," Warlick said on Twitter on November 21.
Warlick has worked for the U.S. State Department for more than 30 years.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners said he will join the company's team in Washington in January.
"He will be responsible for working with U.S. and international clients, development of strategic client relationships, legislation, and public policy," a statement said.
STRASBOURG. November 21, 2016 (Enpi-info.eu) : The EU has called for Azerbaijan to release opposition politician Ilgar Mammadov, saying that it must uphold its obligations as a member of the Council of Europe and to meet its commitments taken under the European Convention on Human Rights. The EU stated that the negative ruling by the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan on an appeal from Mammadov runs counter to the 2014 judgement by the European Court of Human Rights on his case.
“The European Union has been following Mr. Mammadov's case closely and was present for yesterday's court proceedings, together with other international observers. The EU has raised this case at every opportunity, such as during the visit of the High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini, to Baku on 29 February and as part of recent positive discussions with Azerbaijan on Justice, Freedom, Security, Human Rights and Democracy, which resumed on 12-13 October 2016”, the EU statement said. -0-
BRUSSELS. November 14, 2016 (RFE/RL) : European Union foreign ministers have given the green light to draw up a new "comprehensive agreement" on closer ties with Azerbaijan.
Meeting in Brussels on November 14, the ministers adopted a mandate for the European Commission and EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini to negotiate the deal.
The new agreement would replace the 1996 Partnership and Cooperation Agreement that has regulated the political relationship between Brussels and the oil- and gas-rich country to date.
Giorgi Lomsadze, Eurasianet.org
WASHINGTON. November 7, 2016: A lobbyist connection between Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and Azerbaijan could create the appearance of a conflict of interest, if the democratic nominee wins the US general election on November 8.
For the past seven years, the Podesta Group, a high-powered Washington lobbying firm, has handled networking and image-building for Azerbaijan’s embassy in the United States. Azerbaijan ranks alongside Tajikistan as the third worst rights abuser in the former Soviet Union, behind Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, according to the watchdog group Freedom House.
The Podesta Group’s chief executive officer is 73-year-old Tony Podesta, who has acted as a major fundraiser for the Clinton campaign. In addition, Podesta’s 67-year-old brother, John, serves as Clinton’s campaign chairman, and previously served as former president Bill Clinton’s chief of staff.
John Podesta co-founded the firm, but has not been directly involved in the Podesta Group since 1993. As Clinton’s campaign chairman and, potentially, a future official or adviser in a Clinton administration, he could potentially be of help in enabling Azerbaijani officials, via the Podesta Group, to gain access to White House officials, some human rights activists worry.
By Giorgi Gogia, (HRW.org)
NEW YORK. October 26, 2016: Today, an Azerbaijani court handed down a ten-year prison sentence to a 22-year-old activist, who is part of a pro-democracy youth group. Giyas Ibrahimov was detained for spraying graffiti on a statue of a former president. However, he was convicted on serious drugs charges. He had confessed to those charges after police had tortured him to do so – just another example of how Azerbaijan fabricates charges against youth activists to intimidate them and deter others.
Police detained Ibrahimov together with 21-year-old Bayram Mammadov last May. They had both been identified on CCTV footage as having painted graffiti on a statue of former president Heydar Aliyev, father of the current president. The graffiti said: “Happy Slave Day” in Azeri, a play on words for “Happy Flower Day.” Azerbaijan has celebrated Flower Day, also Heydar Aliyev’s birthday, since 2009. Both men are students and members of NIDA, Azeri for exclamation mark, a youth opposition movement active on social media that is highly critical of the government.
WASHINGTON. October 22, 2016 (Turan): Top U.S. and European analysts on global kleptocracy and money laundering challenges debate over how to stop Azerbaijan's dirty cash entering the western capitals and threatening their political, economic interests.
"Do we think it is okay when the kleptocratic states like Azerbaijan, access our political institutions and lobby here in a same way as our allies can?" asked British journalist Ben Judah, the author of a new report called "The Kleptocracy Curse: Rethinking Containment," at a panel organized by Hudson Institute in Washington. D.C.
The report explains how kleptocracy became a pervasive global threat to democracies and their national securities.
"We think globalization has been working in the West's favor. In fact, it has been hijacked by kleptocratic regimes," Judah told TURAN's Washington correspondent. "Unless we contain kleptocracy, our democratic institutions will be taken over - look at Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe [CoE]."
According to the report , Azerbaijan was admitted to the CoE in 2000 in the hope that membership could transform its political culture - instead, it has transformed the Council of Europe in its very image.
"A kleptocratic takeover has not paralyzed the Council’s ability to criticize Azerbaijan but manipulated this venerable institutions’ official bodies into denying the existence of political prisoners, systematic ballot fraud, and entrenched autocracy in the country."
BERLIN. October 20, 2016 : The (HRW.org) Azerbaijani government has renewed its vicious crackdown on critics and independent groups, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The European Union and international financial institutions have a rare opportunity to insist on human rights reforms, as Azerbaijan actively seeks financial and other partnerships to offset a recent economic downturn.
The 75-page report, “ Harassed, Imprisoned, Exiled: Azerbaijan’s Continuing Crackdown on Government Critics, Lawyers, and Civil Society ,” documents the government’s concerted efforts to undermine civil society. Human Rights Watch found that in 2016, the authorities used false, politically motivated criminal and administrative charges to prosecute political activists, journalists, and others. The government has built a restrictive legal and policy framework to paralyze the work of independent groups. Lawyers willing to defend critics have faced retaliation and disbarment. Although the authorities released several human rights defenders and others in early 2016, many others remain in prison or fled into exile.
“With the release of some wrongfully imprisoned activists earlier this year, there were high hopes that Azerbaijan was turning a corner,” said Giorgi Gogia , South Caucasus director at Human Rights Watch and author of the report. “But optimism is fading fast as the government relentlessly pursues critics and tries to shut down independent groups.”
BAKU. October 4, 2016 : Pope Francis has led a Mass in Azerbaijan's capital and held talks with the country's leader, as he continues a swing through the Caucasus preaching tolerance and peace. (RFE/RL)
Upon his arrival at Baku's airport on October 2, Francis celebrated Mass in the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
"You are a little flock that is so precious in God's eyes," Francis told the more than 800 people who followed the Mass inside the church and outside in the courtyard.
Azerbaijan has fewer than 300 Catholics in its predominantly Shi'ite Muslim population.
The pontiff later met with longtime President Ilham Aliyev, who called the visit "historic."
"Your visit to Azerbaijan is very important for relations between Azerbaijan and the Vatican, including the dialogue between civilizations," Aliyev said.
"People of all religions live in Azerbaijan in an atmosphere of friendship, as one family," he added.
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Big dirty cash...
Azerbaijan Says Civilian Killed By Artillery Fired From Nagorno-Karabakh
US/Azerbaijan: Lobbyists Continue to Flout Travel Rules
Armenia Wants More Bang for the Buck from Russia
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Information War Rages over Karabakh
Clashes Continue On Armenian-Azerbaijani Frontline
Clashes Erupt On The Frontline Between Azerbaijani and Armenian Forces
Ilham Aliyev Meets with John Kerry: Freeze the Dictator Out
Azerbaijani Border Guards Kill Five Gunmen Crossing From Iran
Azerbaijani-Turkish Military Exercises Kick Off In Konya
Ex-U.S. Congressman Quits Azerbaijani Lobby Group, Citing Nonpayment
U.S. Rep. Chris Smith: The Course Ilham Aliyev and His Government Have Chosen Does Not End Well
Pedro Agramunt Believes in Positive Changes in Azerbaijan
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Azeri Government to Pay $50,000 Per Month to Podesta Group to Fight Azerbaijan Democracy Act
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“Azerbaijan Democracy Act” Gets First Co-sponsor
U.S. Lawmaker Urges Aliyev To Free Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova
Nils Muižnieks Intervenes on the Case of Imprisoned Azeri Journalist Khadija Ismayilova
CE Secretary General Launches Inquiry into Respect for Human Rights in Azerbaijan
Rep. Chris Smith Introduces Azerbaijan Democracy Act to Sanction the Aliyev Regime Officials
Jamil Hasanli: US is not Upholding Its Own Values in Azerbaijan
U.N. Criticizes Azerbaijan's Torture Record
Building on a Shaky Foundation
The Bad Blood Between Russia and Turkey Is Spreading to Armenia and Azerbaijan
Turkey-Russia Conflict Divides South Caucasus
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Bridget Brink Visited Azerbaijan Meeting with Ilham Aliyev
U.S. Seeking Business Opportunities in Azerbaijan
Azeri Protests in Iran Hailed by the National Council of Resistance of Iran
Azerbaijan: an area of darkness
Azerbaijan’s bizarre influence-peddling business in Washington drying up… At least on paper
Swedish Peace Prize for Azerbaijan's First Lady?
Jailed Azerbaijani Lawyer Intigam Aliyev Wins IBA Human Rights Award
David Kramer Calls for Targeted Sanctions Against Azerbaijani Government Officials
Board Releases Azerbaijan Report that was Blocked by House Ethics Committee
Council of Europe Withdraws from the Working Group on Human Rights in Azerbaijan
With Boehner Going, Ethics Committee Must Release Azerbaijan Junket Report
Time to Get Tough On Azerbaijan
Steven Seagal Gets a New Friend: Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev Goes On The Attack Against European Values
Reporters Without Borders Concerned About the Fate of Yet Another Imprisoned Azeri Journalist
How Official Baku Responded To European Parliament Criticism
Azerbaijani Diplomat Requested Political Asylum in Netherlands
The Head Of EU Delegation In Azerbaijan Summoned to Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani Government Official Says European Parliament Lost Its Sense of Reality
European Parliament Calls For The Release Of All Political Prisoners In Azerbaijan
Awkward Moment: Journalist Waylays Azerbaijan's First Lady In Paris
Is America Forgetting American Values?
Watchdog Groups Call on Ethics Committee to Release Findings in Azerbaijan Case
Azeri Government Newspaper Claims Tacit Agreement Between the Aliyev Regime and Western Governments
Ethics Chair Received Contributions from Donors Linked to Groups in Azerbaijan Probe
National Press Club Honors Khadija Ismayilova
One Year of Unprecedented Repression in Azerbaijan...
The Aliyev Regime's Terms for the Azerbaijani-US Cooperation
Lawyers From 24 Countries Call for the Release of Jailed Azeri Human Rights Lawyer Intigam Aliyev
Ilham Aliyev: We Will Not Pay Attention to Human Rights Criticisms from the West
16 U.S. Senators Wrote to Ilham Aliyev about Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan
Amanda Rivkin's Support for Khadija Ismayilova
OSF's Jeff Goldstein on Current Situation in Azerbaijan and Its Relations with the West
Flacking for Despots: Inside Azerbaijan's Lobbying in U.S.
American Political Corruption: Azerbaijan? Yes, Azerbaijan.
How to Build Yourself a Stealth Lobbyist, Azerbaijani Style
How Azerbaijan Manipulates Public Opinion in the US
Live, From the Fifth Most Censored Country, It’s the First Ever European Games.
‘Hawaii’s Got Nothing on Azerbaijan!’ Say Paid Stooges
"We will hold you responsible," Bono sends video message to Ilham Aliyev (VIDEO)
Baku European Games Discussed at Last Week Tonight John Oliver
European Games in Baku to Begin Amid Widespread Repression in Azerbaijan
In Azerbaijan, Sport Runs Roughshod Over Human Rights
How Azerbaijan And Its Lobbyists Spin U.S. Congress
After FIFA and Qatar scandals, Azerbaijan should not be given a fig leaf for political repression
The Real Price of Azerbaijan’s European Games
Facebook Shakes Azerbaijan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Intolerance and Oppression Overshadow Azerbaijan's Glamorous European Games
Azerbaijan closes the OSCE Office in Baku
UN Expert Michel Forst: “Azerbaijani Activists Must Be Freed Before the Baku 2015 Games”
Azeri Official Reacts to Dismissal of OSCE Representative from His Position in Azerbaijan
U.S. Lawmakers Traveling to Azerbaijan Urged Action Benefiting SOCAR which Funded Their Trip
U.S. Pauses "Democracy Dialogue" with the Azerbaijani Government
Azerbaijan’s Two Big Campaigns
Big Congressional Trip to Azerbaijan Was Secretly Paid for by Azerbaijan, Which Is Against the Law
Khadija Ismayilova Honored by PEN America Center
Azerbaijan Adopts New Regulations to Control Its Citizens Living Abroad
Global Magnitsky Act May Target Azeri Officials
Freedom House Says Press Freedom At Lowest Point In 10 Years
Azerbaijan Locks Up Critics Ahead of European Games
A Long Road to Kurdakhani: US Ambassador Cekuta's Detours in Azerbaijan
EU Expresses Concerns Over Rasul Jafarov's Sentencing in Azerbaijan
US State Department 'Troubled' Over the Human Rights Abuses in Azerbaijan
OSCE Representative Condemns Sentencing of Rasul Jafarov
Rasul Jafarov Sentenced to Six and a Half Year in Prison
Azerbaijan Downgraded by EITI Due to the Aliyev Regime's Crackdown on Civil Society
Human Rights Groups and Former Diplomats Call for Western Sanctions on the Aliyev Regime
Joint Letter to Secretary Kerry Calls for U.S. Sanctions Against the Aliyev Regime
Human Rights Watch Representative Denied Entry into Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan Jails Opposition Activist on Drug Charges
OSCE Representative Marks 10th Anniversary of Journalist’s Death in Azerbaijan
After Victoria Nuland's Visit, Questions Remain Over U.S.–Azerbaijani Human Rights Commission
BOA Admits Azerbaijan Pays for British Team to Compete in European Games
HRW: EU Official Should Use His Visit to Insist on Release of Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan
U.S. Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland Visited Baku to Talk to Ilham Aliyev
New US Ambassador to Azerbaijan is Urged on Facebook to Visit Political Prisoners Upon His Arrival
US Ambassador to Azerbaijan is Expected to Arrive in Baku This Week, Carrying Mixed Message
'Less Significant Problems Related to the Human Rights' and the US-Azerbaijani Relations
George Soros to Ilham Aliyev: Loosen Your Stranglehold Over Civil Society in Azerbaijan
President Ilham Aliyev Denies Human Rights Abuses in Azerbaijan at a Press Conference in Berlin
Human Rights Watch: Merkel Should Press Aliyev for Rights
Azerbaijan's Government Newspaper Slams United States and the Obama Administration
U.S. Congressman Urges Azerbaijan To Free Jailed Journalist Khadija Ismayilova
NED Event: "The Crackdown on Independent Voices in Azerbaijan" (Livestream)
Azerbaijani Government Rejects U.S. Criticism as Crackdown on Dissent Tests Ties
U.S. 'Alarmed' As Azerbaijan Targets RFE/RL's Baku Office
Azeri Government Raided and Shut Down US Funded RFE/RL Office After Aliyev Talked to John Kerry
Azerbaijani-Americans for Democracy Calls for Freeze in US Diplomatic Relations with Baku, Sanctions
Tom Malinowski: Azerbaijan Media Crackdown Threatens Ties With U.S.
Retiring US Congressman Jim Moran in Negotiations with Azerbaijani Influence Group
US Senate Confirmed Robert F. Cekuta as Next US Ambassador to Azerbaijan
Protesters In Georgia, Moldova Demand Release Of Imrpisoned Azeri Journalist Khadija Ismayilova
Protest Action in DC in Support of Imprisoned Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova
RFE/RL Condemns the Arrest of Khadija Ismayilova
Index on Censorship Demands International Action Against the Aliyev Regime in Azerbaijan
The End of Shame? Azeri Government Attacked for Its Human Rights Record at Sakharov Award Event
Heart-Wrenching Meetings of the CE Human Rights Commissioner in Baku
Where Does Russia Stand on Helicopter Shoot-Down?
Protesters Turn Out for Azerbaijan’s Political Prisoners
Richard Morningstar Named Founding Director of the Atlantic Council’s New Global Energy Center
Azerbaijan Downs Armenian Military Helicopter Over Nagorny Karabakh
OSCE Urges Azerbaijan to Stop Repression of Free Media
Civic Solidarity Platform Urges Council of Europe to Confront Azerbaijan's Human Rights Violations
Azerbaijan Prevents Counsel from Defending Jailed Human Rights Activist
Group of International Organizations Condemn Arrest of Azeri Journalist Khalid Garayaev
Engaging or Shaming Azerbaijan?
European Rights Body Urges Azerbaijan to Halt Pressure on Activists
Sparks Fly Over Scholar’s Azerbaijani Ties At Columbia University Event
Human Rights Watch: France Should Urge Azerbaijani President to Free Political Prisoners
Human Rights Watch Demands Immediate Release of Leyla and Arif Yunus From Jail
Thomas Melia: U.S. In 'Stern Conversations' With Azerbaijan
U.S. State Department Calls on Azerbaijani Government to Release Leyla and Arif Yunus from Jail
Human Rights Watch Condemns Azeri Government's New Efforts to Crush Independent Groups
Time for Sanctions on Baku
Human Rights Watch: Azeri Government's Repression Tarnishes Its Chairmanship at Council of Europe
Barack Obama Blasts Azerbaijan's Treatment of NGOs
PACE President Visits Azerbaijan. 'Silence is not an Option' is Message from Azeri Civic Activists
Azerbaijan's Opinion-Shaping Campaign Reaches 'The New York Times'
US Citizen Deported From Baku: “Prosecutors Asked Me About Top US Generals, Rights Groups…”
Azerbaijan Shows Off Military-Industrial Complex At Country's First Weapons Show
VOA Interview with Ambassador Kauzlarich: We Really Have to Call Things As They Are
Ambassador Elin Suleymanov’s Men: News Report Reveals Lobbying Scheme of Aliyev Regime in the US
Azerbaijani Officials Raid U.S.-Based NGO
U.S. Citizen Not Allowed To Leave Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani Human Rights Activist Anar Mammadli Named As Rights Prize Finalist
Transparency International Under Pressure In Azerbaijan
Freedom House Calls For Sanctions Against Azerbaijan to Stop Brutal Crackdown on Rights Activists
OSCE Representative Alarmed by Brutal Attack on Azeri Journalist and Rights Activist
Azerbaijani Political Prisoners Tortured in Custody to "Confess" to Their "Crimes"
Putin for Peace in Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict
Azerbaijan, Armenia Accuse Each Other Of Escalating Tensions
Isabel Santos: Azerbaijan Makes 'Mockery of Democratic Aspirations’ in Civil Society Crackdown
HRW to Azerbaijan: Release Leyla Yunus Immediately. Drop Bogus Charges Against Her and Her Husband!
Ales Bialatski: We Must Not Allow Situation in Belarus to Get “Azerbaijanized”
"Your Masters Are Not the Azeri Government," US Ambassador Tells OSCE Project Coordinator in Baku
Azerbaijan Keeps Mum about Bust on Georgia Heroin Highway
US State Department Questions Azerbaijani Court's Sentencing of Local Rights Activist to Prison Term
US President Intends to Nominate Energy Official as Next US Ambassador to Azerbaijan
British MP Who Challenged Aliyev Says 'The Reputation Of The Council Of Europe Is At Stake'
Ali Karimli and Leyla Yunus Not Allowed to OSCE PA Session
Baku's Twilight Zone: The OSCE PA Meeting in Azerbaijan Opens Up Space for Internal Debate
U.S. Rep. Chris Smith Tells Aliyev To Release Prisoners of Conscience, Allow Freedom of Assembly
Activists Protest Azerbaijani President's PACE Speech
Human Rights Watch Calls on Council of Europe to Confront Ilham Aliyev on His Human Rights Records
Azerbaijan Avoids Moscow’s Embrace
Azerbaijan Caught Between Two EUs
An Azerbaijan-American Puzzle
The U.S. Urges Azerbaijan To Respect Human Rights
Inside Azerbaijan’s Bizarre U.S. Lobbying Push
OSCE ODİHR Condemns Jailing of Azerbaijani Human Rights Activist
European Court of Human Rights Ruled on the Case of Imprisoned REAL Leader Ilgar Mammadov
Who is Real Sponsor of Soccer Club Atletico Madrid: Land of Fire or Land of Repression?
CPJ Condemns Azerbaijani Court's Decision Sentencing Journalist to 8 Years in Jail
In Azerbaijan, Expectations Differ Over Baku’s Council of Europe Chairmanship
HRW Slams Azerbaijan for Human Rights Abuses as Azerbaijan Assumes Chair of Council of Europe
Human Rights Watch Calls on President of France to Raise Human Rights Issues In Baku
U.S. Helsinki Commission Condemns Sentencing of NIDA Activists
Ashton, Fule "Deeply Concerned" Over Detention of Azerbaijani Activists
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Azerbaijan in International Media
"Jews Object to Hannukah Party at Trump Hotel," by Julie Zauzmer, The Washington Post, Dec. 6, 2016
"This Activist is Set to Spend 10 Years in Jail After Spray Painting a Statue," by Hayes Brown, Buzz Feed News, Oct. 26, 2016
"It's time for the United States to act on Azerbaijan," by David J. Kramer, and Richard Kauzlarich, The Washington Post, September 8, 2016
"Azerbaijan Imrpisoned Me. Pharrell Williams and Others Should Stop Helping My Jailers," by Khadija Ismayil, The Washington Post, June 17, 2016
"Lawmakers Turned Over Gifts After Secretly Funded Trip to Azerbaijan," by Megan R. Wilson, The Hill, June 16, 2016
"Khadija Ismayilova's Victory for Human Rights," The Washington Post, May 31, 2016
"The Global Magnitsky Act Will Help Protect Human Rights Activists Worldwide," The Washington Post, May 2, 2016
"In Azerbaijan, A Declaration of War Against Independent Journalism, " The Washington Post, April 25, 2016
"BP's Azerbaijan Push Comes at a Cost," by R. Whelan and S. Kent, The Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2016
"Don't let Azerbaijan use political prisoners as props," by Khadija Ismayilova, The Washington Post, March 31, 2016
"IMF and World Bank Move to Forestall Oil-Led Defaults," by J. Farchy and S. Donnan, Financial Times, Jan. 27, 2016
"Azerbaijan Leader Enters Uncharted Territory..." by Jack Farchy, Financial Times, Jan.25, 2016
It's Time to Hold the Azerbaijan Regime Accountable," by Gulnara Akhundova, Huffington Post, Jan. 8, 2016
"No, this is the truth about Azerbaijan's repression," The Washington Post, Sep. 25, 2015
"Dogged reporting in Azerbaijan landed a U.S.-trained journalist in prison," by D. Priest, A. Komuves, C. Mabeus, The Washington Post, Sep. 12, 2015
"Azerbaijani Reporter Sentenced to More than 7 Years after Farcical Trial," The Washington Post, Sep. 2, 2015
"Is America Forgetting American Values," by Jeffrey Gedmin and Gary Schmitt, CNN, Aug. 28, 2015
"Azerbaijan's Injustice," The Washington Post, August 16, 2015
"Azerbaijan's State-Owned Oil Company Signs DC Firms," by Megan R. Wilson, The Hill, Aug. 14, 2015
"Lady Gaga and Members of Congress Accept the Paychecks of a Tyrant," the Washington Post, Aug. 7, 2015
"Donald Trump is doing business with a controversial Azerbaijani oligarch," by Russ Choma, Mother Jones, July 29, 2015
"Foreign Lobbyist Gets Free Platform at Georgtown University, Atlantic Council," by Till Bruckner, Huffington Post, June 25, 2015
"Baku, Azerbaijan: 10 of the city's wierdest tourist atractions," The Telegraph, June 12, 2015
"Letter from Azerbaijan Jail: Khadija Ismayilova Speaks Out," The New York Times, June 11, 2015
"Baku 2015's Gleaming Stadiums a Facade Covering Corupt Azerbaijan Regime," by Idrak Abbasov, The Guardian, June 11, 2015
"Azerbaijan Bans Guardian From Reporting on Baku European Games," by Shaun Waker, The Guardian, June 11, 2015
"Intolerance and Oppression Overshadow Azerbajan's Glamorous European Games," by Adam LeBor, Newsweek, June 4, 2015
"Azerbaijan's Price for Hosting First European Games," by Rayhan Demytrie, BBC News, June 4, 2015
"To Baku and Back with Freebies," The New York Times, May 25, 2015
"Big Congressional Trip to Azerbaijan was Secretly Paid For By Azerbaijan," by Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate.com, May 13, 2015
"Report: U.S. Lawmakers Had Trip Funded by Azerbaijan," S. Higham, S. Rich, A. Crites and K. Park, The Washington Post, May 13, 2015
"Aliyev's Party," The Economist, May 2, 2015
"Jailed Azerbaijani Journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, to be Honored by PEN," by David M. Herszenhorn, The New York Times, April 15, 2015
"The Country That Diminishes the Olympic Flame," The Washington Post, April 15, 2015
"Azerbaijan Bars Entry to a Georgian Human Rights Worker," by David M. Hersenzorn, The New York Times, March 31, 2015
"Jailed Without Trial in Azerbaijan," The Washington Post, March 1, 2015
"BOA Admits Azerbaijan Pays for British Team to Compete in European Games," by Owen Gibson, The Guardian, February 25, 2015
"Trapped in Baku" by Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy, Feb. 11, 2015
"Washington Times hearts Azerbaijan" by Erik Wemple, Washington Post, Jan 29, 2015
"Azerbaijan: Land of Fire? It is for Some" by Naomi Westland, Huffington Post, Jan. 13, 2015
"Tony Blair Does PR for Repressive Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan Autocracies," by Casey Michel, New Republic, Jan. 7, 2015
"Ten Days in the Life of Ilham Aliyev, President of Absurdistan," by Till Bruckner, Huffington Post, Jan. 4, 2015
"A Thuggish Regime Challenges the US," by David J. Kramer, The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 4, 2015
"The 'Broken Window' Approach to International Relations," by Jeffrey Gedmin, The Washington Post, Dec. 31, 2014
"Who is Shushing State on Azerbaijan's Detention of Khadija Ismayilova," by Till Bruckner, Huffington Post, Dec. 30, 2014
"Azerbaijan Imprisons an Investigative Journalist," The Washington Post, Dec. 11, 2014
"Azerbaijan Jails Reporter Who Angered Top Officials," by D. Herszenhorn, The New York Times, Dec. 5, 2014
"Duke of York to Meet Azeri Despot Ilham Aliyev for 12th Time," by Jim Armitage, The Independent, Nov. 13, 2014
"Azerbaijan Risks New Armenia Conflict as Chopper Downed," by Z. Agayev and S. Khojoyan, Bloomberg News, Nov. 12, 2014
"Azerbaijan's Human Rights are On a Kinfe Edge," by Thorbjorn Jagland, The Guardian, Nov. 3, 2014
"No Country for Human Rights: Azerbaijan's Increasingly Intolerant Regime," by Gunay Ismayilova and Samir Kazimli, The New York Times, Oct. 22, 2014
"Time for Sanctions on Baku," by David J. Kramer and Richard Kauzlarich, The American Interest, Oct. 2, 2014
"Azerbaijan and Think Tanks," The New York Times, Sep. 6, 2014
"'The Hardest Part is I Can't See You' - Azeri Activist's Prison Letter to Jailed Husband," RFE/RL, Aug. 20, 2014
"Azerbaijan Prosecutes a Prominent Human Rights Defender on Absurd Charges," The Washington Post, Aug. 13, 2014
"Prominent Activist Charged With Treason in Azerbaijan," by Neil MacFarquhar, The New York Times, July 31, 2014
"Lawmakers' Trips to Baku Conference Raise Ethics Questions," by Will Tucker and Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle, Jul. 26, 2014
"Azerbaijan Counts Human Cost of Architecture," by Shahin Abbasov, The Guardian, July 14, 2014
"British MPs Taken on 'Caviar Trail' By Lobbyists Close to Azerbaijan's Coprrupt Dictatorship," by Jon Stone, BuzFeed.com, June 20, 2014
"Azerbaijan and Council of Europe: Do As We Say, Not As We Do," by G.E., The Economist, May 13, 2014
"Azerbaijan's Sponsorship of Atletico Proves Spectacular Success," by Owen Gibson, The Guardian, May 1, 2014
"Vugar Gashimov, Grandmaster of Chess, Dies at 27," by D. L. McClain, The New York Times, Jan. 12, 2014
Azerbaijan in International Reports
Oct. 20, 2016: Human Rights Watch Report: Azerbaijan's Continued Crackdown on Critics
Sep. 20, 2016: Council of Europe Venice Commission's Preliminary Opinion on Constitutional Changes in Azerbaijan
Sep. 9, 2015: European Parliament Resolution on Human Rights Situation in Azerbaijan
July 30, 2015: One Year of Unprecedented Repressions in Azerbaijan
June 24, 2015: PACE Resolution on the "Functioning of Democratic Institutions in Azerbaijan"
December 21, 2014: "Statement about Critically Deteriorating Conditions of Civil Society in Azerbaijan" - World Movement for Democracy
December 10, 2013: The Global Witness Report on Corruption in Azerbaijan's Oil Industry - "Azerbaijan Anonymous"
November 5, 2013 - European Stability Intiative Report on Azerbaijan's Presidential Elections - "Disgraced: Azerbaijan and the End of Election Monitoring as We Know It"
September 1, 2013 - HRW Report - "Tightening the Screws: "Azerbaijan's Crackdown on Civil Society and Dissent"
May 14, 2013 - Report of Civil Rights Defenders, Sweden based international human rights organization, on Human Rights Defenders in Azerbaijan
April 2013 - US State Department's Country Report on Human Rights in Azerbaijan
April 3, 2013 - ICIJ Report - Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze
January 2013 - Annual Report on Human Rights Watch - Chapter on Azerbaijan
December 2012 - Freedom House - Nations in Transit - Azerbaijan Country Report
October 29, 2012 - Amnesty International Report "Azerbaijan: Human Rights Abuses Placed Under the E-Spotlight"
October 25, 2012 - "The Struggle for Internet Freedom in Azerbaijan," by Vugar Gojayev
September 27, 2012 - Report on "Local and Regional Democracy in Azerbaijan," The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Council of Europe
May 24, 2012 - "Caviar Diplomacy: How Azerbaijan Silenced the Council of Europe. Part 1" - European Stability Initiative
May 9, 2012 - "Spotlight on Azerbaijan" - Foreign Policy Centre's Report on Human Rights Record of Azerbaijan
April 18, 2012 - EU Parliament's Resolution on EU-Azerbaijan Association Agreement
April 18, 2012 - EU Parliament's Resolution on EU-Armenia Association Agreement
April 2, 2012 - Sandie Shaw Calls on Azerbaijani Government to Stop Harassing Journalists - Amnesty International Report
February 29, 2012 - "They took everything from me" Human Rights Watch Report on Forcible Evictions In Azerbaijan
February 20, 2012 - The Amnesty International Briefing on Human Rights In Azerbaijan
October 4, 2011 - Norwegian Helsinki Committee's Report on Political Prisoners In Azerbaijan
September 23, 2011 - Human Rights Watch Letter to Azerbaijani Minister of Justice On Disbarred Lawyers
April 12, 2013 - IPGA Statement on Political 2012-2013 Political Persecutions in Azerbaijan
April 8, 2011 - US State Department's Human Rights Report on Azerbaijan for 2010
March 7, 2011 - Amensty International: Azerbaijan Must Halt Crackdown On Protest Organizers
February 15, 2011 - CPJ Report "Attacks on the Press 2010: Azerbaijan"
January 27, 2011 - ODIHR/OSCE Final Report on Azerbaijani Parliamentary Elections of Nov. 2010
November 8, 2010: ODIHR/OSCE Preliminary Statement on Azerbaijan's Parliamentary Elections
October 30, 2010: ODIHR/OSCE Second Interim Report on Azerbaijani Elections
October 26, 2010: HRW Report - Azerbaijan: Beaten, Blacklisted and Behind Bars
October 21, 2010: Azerbaijan: Free Expression Under Attack
September 2010 - Article 19 Report - Living As Dissidents: Freedom of Expression In Azerbaijan
September 3, 2010 - International Crisis Group Report: "Azerbaijan: Vulnerable Stability"
March 2010 - Resource Nationalism Trends In Azerbaijan - PETROSAM Program of Reasearch Council of Norway
March 11, 2010 - U.S. State Department's 2009 Report on Azerbaijan
February 24, 2010 - Global Integrity Report on Corruption in Azerbaijan
February 16, 2010 - NHC Report: "Nakhchivan: Azerbaijan's Dark Island"
"The Heydar Ailyev Era Ends in Azerbaijan..." by Richard Kauzlarich, Brookings.edu
"Your Government May Be Corrupt, But Is It Azerbaijan-Corrupt?" - Buzzfeed.com. June 11, 2014
"Azerbaijan's photographers: Capturing the raw truth" by R. Jafarov and R. Vincent, Index on Censorship, October 11, 2013
Aliyev's Cultural Spending Spree - by Emma, Platformlondon.org - May 16, 2013
OCCRP Names Aliyev "Person of the Year" - Dec. 31, 2012
"Sudden, Violent Demonstration Erupts In Northern Azerbaijan," by Karl Rahder, FPB, March 2, 2012
"Azerbaijan: Early 20th Century Satirical Magazine Offers Edgy Exploration of Eurasia," Eurasianet.org, Nov. 24, 2011
US Amb. Ross Wilson's Speech at the Atlantic Council Conference On Europian Energy - June 1, 2011
"Azerbaijan: Prominent Lawyer Disbarred, Youth Activist Arrested," by Karl Rahder, FPB, Feb. 6, 2011
"Azerbaijan Backtracks in Ukranian Organ Transplant Investigation," Eurasianet.org, Dec. 3, 2010
"More Troubles In Baku, Local Press Reports On "Magic Tree"," by Karl Rahder, FPB, June 20, 2010
"Azerbaijan Grapples With New Media Freedom," by Karl Rahder, ISN, June 7, 2010
"A Journalism (r)evolution in Azerbaijan," by Mark Briggs, Lost Remote, May 24, 2010
"IMF: The Party Is Over For Azerbaijan," by Shahin Abbasov, Eurasianet. org, May 24, 2010
"Alienating Azerbaijan?" by Karl Rahder, International Relations and Security Network, Apr. 27, 2010
"Colors and Flowers... and Soviet Spoils," by Ben Tanosborn, April 27, 2010
"The U.S. and the Persecution of Azerbaijan's Bloggers," by Joshua Kucera, trueslant.comm Nov. 11, 2009
"Story of a Father and Son," Frontline Club, Sep 28, 2009
"Hooligans?," RSF about arrested youth activists in Azerbaijan, July 11, 2009
"I Rule Here and Blind Democrats in Europe," by Ilgar Mammadov, REAL, June 27, 2009
Azerbaijan Marks Anniversary Of Its First Republic - Frontline Club, May 29, 2009
Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely - by Farid Guliyev, ResetDoc.org, April 16, 2009
So Much For Azerbaijani Democracy - by Michael J. Totten, Commentary Magazine, Oct. 21, 2008
Azerbaijan: Election Day Proves A Snooze - by Mina Muradova, Eurasia Insight, Oct. 15, 2008
Finding Elmar's Killers. Azerbaijan Special Report - by Nina Ognianova, CPJ, Sep. 16, 2008
Azerbaijani Opposition Mulls Presidential Election Boycott - by Liz Fuller
Naxcivan: More Tales From Azerbaijan's North Korea
It's National Press Day in Azerbaijan, But There's Little Cause For Celebration
October 9, 2015: David Kramer Calls for Targeted Sanctions Against Azerbaijan Government Officials
June 30, 2015: Flacking for Despots: Inside Azerbaijan's Lobbying in U.S.
June 15, 2015: Baku European Games Discussed at Last Week Tonight John Oliver
June 15, 2015: "We will hold you responsible," Bono sends video message to Ilham Aliyev
June 10, 2015: RFE/RL Discussion: The Real Price of Azerbaijan's European Games
May 5, 2015: A Dissident's Life: Story of Ramis Yunus
April 22, 2015: "Azerbaijan Locks Up Critics Ahead of European Games" HRW video-report
December 12, 2014: AZAD Event "Time to Get Tough With Baku: Can US Sanctions Help Azerbaijani Dissidents?"
November 12, 2014: Gerald Knaus Presentation on Azerbaijani Government's Lobbying Efforts with Council of Europe
November 10, 2014: Civic Solidarity Platform: No More Business as Usual for Azerbaijan
May 16, 2014: Radio Azadliq Interview with U.S. Amb. to Azerbaijan Richard Morningstar: "Who Will Stand up for Azerbaijan's Independence?"
November 22, 2013 - AZAD Event: "The Quest for Democracy in Azerbaijan: Conversation with Jamil Hasanli"
November 7, 2013 - AZAD Event: "The Perils of Content with Azerbaijan: Is Status-Quo Sustainable for the West's Favorite 'Gas Station'?"
October 27, 2013 - National Council's Protest Rally in Baku
October 16, 2013 - U.S. Investor Jailed After Whistleblowing on Corrupt Business Deals With Azerbaijan
September 30, 2013 - "Concernus Theatricus": Azeri Youth TV Pokes US Ambassador Morningstar
July 31, 2013 - House Demolition in Khutor, Baku
July 2, 2013 - President Ilham Aliyev's speech in front of the Azerbaijani Police Forces
June 13, 2013: Harlem Shake Protest in Front of Azerbaijani Embassy in London
March 29, 2013 - Battle to Save Homes from Demolition in Baku
January 24, 2013 - Ismayilli Protests Continue
January 23, 2013 - Popular Uprising in Ismayilli
January 23, 2013 - Amazing Azerbaijan! Short Film
January 12, 2013 - Baku Protests Against Soldier Jeyhun Gubadov's Death
December 20, 2012 - British MP Helen Goodman Attacks Human Rights Record of Azerbaijan
December 19, 2012 - AZAD Forum "Azerbaijan's Untapped Potential for the West: Engaging Azerbaijani Society as a US Ally"
December 10, 2012 - Azeri Police Arrests... Government Supporter at Opposition Rally
December 10, 2012 - Public Chamber's Protest Action in Downtown Baku
October 20, 2012 - Opposition Protesters Demand Dissolution of Azerbaijani Parliament
October 1, 2012 - Million Dollar Bribe for a Parliamentary Seat: Secret Cam Recording with English Subtitles
Photo Essay on Heydar Aliyev's Cult of Personality in Azerbaijan - February 19, 2013
Popular Uprising in Ismayilli - January 23, 2013
Public Chamber's Rally - April 22, 2012
Youth Protest Rally in Bayil - March 12, 2012
Anti-French Protests In Baku - January 25, 2012
Youth Protests in Downtown Baku - December 3, 2011
Rally of the Public Chamber of the Azeri Opposition - June 19, 2011
Azeri Diaspora Rallies For Demoracy In Stockholm, Sweden - June 18, 2011
Public Champer Marks the Republic Day - May 28, 2011
April 17 Rally of Azeri Opposition - April 17, 2011
Azeri Diaspora Rallies For Democracy in Den Haag - April 6, 2011
Azeri Diaspora Rallies For Democracy in Strasbourg - April 2, 2011
Rally of Azerbaijani Democratic Forces - April 2, 2011
Free Azerbaijan Rally of AZAD - March 19, 2011
Musavat Rally Against Aliyev Regime - March 12, 2011
Youth Protests Against Aliyev Regime - March 11, 2011
Democratic Forces of Azerbaijan Commemorated M.A. Rasulzade - January 31, 2011
Hijab Protest In Nardaran - December 18, 2010
Parliamentary Elections In Azerbaijan - November 7, 2010
Azeri Diaspora In Netherlands Protested Against Ilham Aliyev's Regime - November 5, 2010
PFPA and Musavat's Joint Rally In Baku - July 31, 2010
Azeri Opposition's Protest Action In Baku - July 3, 2010
Azadlig Bloc Held "Unauthorized" Rally In Baku - June 19, 2010
Musavat and Union for Democracy Held "Unauthorized" Rally In Baku - June 12, 2010
Azadlig Bloc's "Unauthorized" Rally In Baku - June 5, 2010
International Act of Protest for Eynulla Fatullayev In Front of Azeri Embassy - June 3, 2010
Azadlig Bloc's Rally In Novkhani - May 28, 2010
Protest of Azadlig Bloc in Baku - May 15, 2010
Protest of Azadlig bloc in Baku - April 26, 2010
Surprise Youth Protest Action in Baku - Nov. 22, 2009
U.S. Azeris Commemorate Oil Academy Shooting Victims - May 10, 2009
Student Protests In Baku - May 10, 2009
Mirza Sakit Released From Jail - April 9, 2009
Azeris Marked Khojali Massacre In Front of Armenian Embassy - February 25, 2009
AZAD Holds Protest Rally In New York Against Unlimited Presidency in Azebaijan - January 9, 2009
AZAD Holds Protest Rally in Washington DC Against Unlimited Presidency in Azerbaijan - Dec. 30, 2008
Protests Against Constitutional Changes in Azerbaijan - Dec. 24, 2008
Ganja Celebrates Ilham Aliyev's Birthday - Dec. 24, 2008
Jailed Azeri Journalists, Brothers Ganimat and Sakit Zahidov at Their Fathers Funeral
Sacrifice Holiday in Azerbaijan - December 8, 2008
Military Parade in Baku - June 26, 2008